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University of Iowa News Release

 

June 27, 2008

Belin-Blank Center names meritorious inventors at state convention

The University of Iowa College of Education's Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development recently announced the names of the meritorious inventors for the innovations they displayed at the 2008 Invent Iowa State Convention. The convention was held at the UI Carver-Hawkeye Arena in April.

Invent Iowa is a comprehensive, statewide program developed to assist Iowa's educators in promoting the invention process as part of their regular K-12 curriculum. Since 1987, Iowa students have had the opportunity to express their inventiveness and solve problems in an educational way.

This year, 68 meritorious inventors received a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. Additionally, six student inventors were awarded $500 scholarships to the UI College of Engineering and Iowa State University College of Engineering that can be applied if the student ultimately attends either college.

Approximately 30,000 students in grades three through 10 representing 145 towns throughout Iowa annually participate in local and regional invention competitions in order to qualify for the state invention convention. which is sponsored by the UI and ISU engineering colleges and held at each school's campus on alternating years.

"Invent Iowa is the type of program in which students find their own problems to solve," said Clar Baldus, Invent Iowa State Convention coordinator and administrator for the Inventiveness in the Belin-Blank Center. "There's a lot of perseverance with these students; they keep working to improve their inventions every step of the way."

A total of 358 students presented 266 inventions this year to demonstrate solutions they feel will make life easier or more enjoyable for many people. Inventions included recreational types of products, farming tools, and safety devices.

"These young inventors are very altruistic in many ways," Baldus said. "It just amazes you. The students invent everything from entertainment gadgets, to tools that make life easier for a specific group to medical and farm safety devices."

EDITORS: Receipt of this hometown news release indicates that someone from your coverage area was recognized as a state meritorious inventor. Students are listed alphabetically below by city, first name, last name, invention, school and school city. If students received additional awards, that information will follow the name of their inventions.

IOWA

Albert City: Kyle Clausen, EZ Scrape, Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids

Albia: Paige Greiner, Traveling Swimsuit Dyer, Lincoln Center, Albia

Ankeny: McKenna Pierson, Blocker '08, Northwest Elementary, Ankeny. Pierson is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Belle Plaine: Kellie Wittrock, Mirror Muffs, Lincoln Junior High, Belle Plaine
Belle Plaine: Jamie Rich, Mirror Muffs, Lincoln Junior High, Belle Plaine

Belmond: Keaton Higgins, SPLAT (Spill Proof Lunch Assistive Tray), Belmond-Klemme Community, Belmond

Bettendorf: Elizabeth Sharis, The Terrific Toilet Paper Protector, Cody Elementary, LeClaire

Blue Grass: Robert (Jamie) Horn III, Splash-B-Gone, Blue Grass Elementary, Blue Grass. Horn is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Camanche: Nathan Thoms, The Ball Handler, Camanche Elementary, Camanche

Cedar Rapids: Cori Harris, Scoot-n-Park, Bowman Woods Elementary, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids: Emily Laverty, Smart Tie, Erskine Elementary, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids: Sam Dwyer, Nail Easy, Bowman Woods Elementary, Cedar Rapids

Clear Lake: Joshua Chizek, Paper Alert, Ventura Elementary, Ventura

Coralville: Jared Ford, No Stretch Hanger, Central Elementary, Coralville

Council Bluffs: Alyson Sorensen, Tray Assist, Hoover Elementary, Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs: Jessica Hipnar, Tray Assist, Hoover Elementary, Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs: Kristine Swanson, The Safety Flag, Gerald W Kirn Junior, Council Bluffs

Crescent: Erin Staton, ES Farrier's Nailband, Underwood Elementary, Underwood

Dakota City: Kenzie Ross, Basketball Form Shooter, Taft Elementary, Humboldt

Davenport: Hayden Sollars, Clip-o-Nator, Cody Elementary, LeClaire

Davenport: Matthew Moran, The Mega Melter, Sudlow Intermediate, Davenport

Davenport: Sam Hipple, The Mega Melter, Sudlow Intermediate, Davenport

Donahue: Cody Birely, The Mid-West Flyer, John Glenn Elementary, Donahue

Donahue: Jerry Schadel, The Mid-West Flyer, John Glenn Elementary, Donahue

Donnellson: Sarah Tweedy, Healthy Lifestyles, Central Lee Elementary, Donnellson

Donnellson: Katherine Pieper, Healthy Lifestyles, Central Lee Elementary, Donnellson

Dubuque: Allison Schollmeyer, Roll- Aids, Table Mound Elementary, Dubuque

Dubuque: Jennifer Dix, Roll- Aids, Table Mound Elementary, Dubuque

Dubuque: Rachel Miller, The Tornado Trainer, Mazzuchelli Catholic, Dubuque

Dubuque: Timothy Miller, The Tornado Trainer, Mazzuchelli Catholic, Dubuque

Dubuque: Morghen Philippi, The Cleat Defender, Eleanor Roosevelt Middle, Dubuque

Dyersville: Austin Pape, Sled Slingshot, La Salle Catholic, Dyersville

Dyersville: Nicholas Reinert, The Easy Glove Break-In, St. Francis Xavier, Dyersville. Reinert is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Edgewood: Tyler Fisher, Tyler's Tool Caddy, Edgewood-Colesburg Elementary, Colesburg

Fairbank: Hanna Risse, The Bug Smasher, Fairbank Elementary, Fairbank

Fairbank: Abby Buzynski, The Bug Smasher, Fairbank Elementary, Fairbank

Fairbank: Samantha Folsom, Ultra Cool Coat Hooks, Fairbank Elementary, Fairbank

Fort Madison: Tracy Older, C02 Emission Filtration System, Holy Trinity, Fort Madison. Older is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Grimes: Abby Larson, Cargo Flops, Dallas Center Elementary, Dallas Center
Grinnell: Spencer Wilcox, Signature Showcase, Grinnell Community Middle, Grinnell

Hamburg: Andrew Welch, Crappie Catcher, Marnie Simons Elementary, Hamburg

Hiawatha: Annabelle Gust, Blanket Buddy, St. Pius X, Cedar Rapids

Humboldt: Talyn Larsen, Basketball Form Shooter, Taft Elementary, Humboldt

Humboldt: Nick Torkelson, Easy Feeder, Taft Elementary, Humboldt. Torkelson is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Independence: Matthew Beebe, Football Warmer, Independence Middle, Independence
Indianola: August Sandquist, Ultimate Coach's Bucket, Indianola Middle, Indianola

Indianola: Jacklyn Obermeier, The Ironer's Cone, Indianola Middle, Indianola

Iowa City: James Porter, Ice Shovel, Regina Catholic, Iowa City

Iowa City: Joe Jennings, Ice Shovel, Regina Catholic, Iowa City

Iowa City: Jared Termini, The Magnetic Christmas Decorator, Willowwind, Iowa City

Lansing: Danen Cooper, De-Stringer, Lansing Middle, Lansing

Lansing: Jack Janett, De-Stringer, Lansing Middle, Lansing

Manson: Adam Siepker, The Shirt That Never Fails, Manson Northwest Webster Elementary, Manson

Marion: Hannah Jannusch, Safe-Sulin, Wilkins Elementary, Marion

Marshalltown: Jacob Ramsey-Smith, Sled Saver, Rogers Elementary, Marshalltown

Marshalltown: Ellyn Boland, Stroller Handle Extenders, Fisher Elementary, Marshalltown

Martensdale: Dylan Kilpatrick, Strap 'n Cast, Indianola Middle, Indianola

Morning Sun: Mitchell Wanfalt, Multi-Kid Feeder, Wapello Elementary, Wapello

Nevada: Ashley Thacker, The Shrinking Pizza Box, Nevada Middle, Nevada

New Virginia: Shane Winslow, Bat Yourself, Interstate 35 Elementary, Truro

New Virginia: Zach Stewart, Bat Yourself, Interstate 35 Elementary, Truro

North Liberty: Maggie Southwick, Rosin Gripper, Penn Elementary, North Liberty

Oakland: Taylor Applegate, Drip Sipper, Riverside Elementary, Oakland. Applegate is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Ottumwa: Sam Gulbranson, C.E.O. (Cell Phone Electronic Organizer), Wilson Elementary, Ottumwa

Pacific Junction: Ryan Segur, You've Got Mail, Lewis Central, Council Bluffs
Thompson: Cameron Hepperly, White 'n Wheat, North Iowa Elementary, Buffalo Center

Treynor: Dalton Clark, Over Easy Medical Mattress, Treynor Elementary, Treynor
Waterloo: Kelsey Rasmussen, Wetland Wisdom, Orange Elementary, Waterloo

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Clar Baldus, Belin-Blank Center, 319-335-6148, clar-baldus@uiowa.edu; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Writer: Aly Dolan